What will you see?
It is the largest square of Paris. Until 1830, the square was renamed several times before being called ‘Place de la Concorde’. It is surrounded by prestigious hotels and is located next to Tuilerie Gardens and the Champs-Élysées. Next to the square you can find the Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume museums.
It is where, during the revolution, many famous people were beheaded such as Robespierre, King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.
There is a high Egyptian obelisk standing at the center of the Concorde Square which is called ‘Luxor Obelisk’. It is the oldest monument in Paris. It was classified as a historical monument in 1936.
At each corner of the square, 8 statues represent the major cities of France. On each side of Luxor Obelisk, 2 fountains represent the Seas for the first one and the Rivers of France for the other one.
At certain times of the year, a Ferry wheel called ‘La Grande Roue’ is installed on Concorde Square. This gives the visitors a chance to see Paris from a different view.
How to experience it?
It is a nice place to visit after taking a stroll along the avenue of Champs-Élysées. If you are going to take the sightseeing bus you will definitely pass by the square.
A guided tour is available for those who are really interested in architecture history.
You can enjoy a beautiful view over several Parisian monuments all at once from there, especially when they are illuminated at night.
Access: Metro station Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12)